“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.  My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy ... in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music ...”

John Adams–
School teacher and President of the United States

Chalkboard Project -- Shilling for the Oregon Education Investment Board

— Whenever the topic turns to education in Oregon, the mention of the Chalkboard Project is sure to enter the conversation. Time and again ex-Governor Kitzhaber has invited "expert" testimony from the Chalkboard Project to enlighten members of the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) on research and policy. The Governor always promptly exited the room when public testimony, conflicting or otherwise, was given . . . always.  (...more)

Opt Out PDX -- Photo Essay

— On February 15, 2014, families with school aged children flocked to PlayDate PDX to find out how to opt their children out of high stakes testing. The event was organized by Oregon Save Our Schools and attended by about 90 people.  (...more)

Why the IPS School Board election matters to Oregon

— Maybe Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) members, who often consults with SfC on education issues, think Oregonians aren't aware of its bad behavior in other states. Maybe Governor Kitzhaber and Education CEO Nancy Golden think that parents, students, and community members aren't aware of SfC's agenda of privatizing our public schools. They would be wrong. State politicians and the OEIB cannot expect Oregonians to act like ostriches with their heads stuck in the sand on the very important issue of public education. We endorse smaller class sizes, quality teachers and more involved parents just like the ousted IPS board members.  (...more)

How do I know what a good test looks like?

— Many people think a computer test is "more standardized," and therefore more fair than an old-fashioned pencil and paper test. That's a misconception. Differences in the age of the computer, the brand, speed, monitor size, display, sound, and other tech attributes can make a difference in student performance. Some readers may find this page visually difficult to read and understand, just as some kids will find the test format and instructions difficult to read and understand. That doesn't begin to take into consideration the range of dexterity and computer skills kids bring to the test.  (...more)

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